October 2, 2016

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK OF OUR PARISH FAMILY

            Baby Charlotte, Ann Kapuscinski, Rev. Dennis Mende, Lisa Troche, Pat Valone.

 

OCTOBER

Wine – Hosts – Sanctuary Lights – Memorials

ST. JOHN CHURCH

Wine – in Memory of James and Catherine Grassi

By Aurora and Jerry Bondi

Hosts – In Memory of Frank A. Marcello

(Anniversary)

By Wife Josie

Sanctuary Light – Week of Oct. 2nd – 8th

In Memory of Dolores Onuffer

Frances P. Marchiando

SS. PETER AND PAUL CHURCH

Wine – In Memory of Dolores Onuffer

By Pat and Dee Rewers

Hosts – In Memory Denis McAuliffe

By Family

Sanctuary Light – Week of Oct. 2nd – 8th

In Memory of Dorothy Olson

By Dorothy Lawson

MEMORIAL TO HOLY APOSTLES PARISH

In Memory of Dorothy Olson

By Irene Calamungi and Family

 

HOLY CROSS CEMETERY CLEAN-UP TIME

All summer plants and decorations must be removed from gravesites by October 15th. After this date, items will be discarded by our Cemetery personnel.

 

On Sunday, October 16th, all are invited to a FAMILY SPECIAL EVENT which will take place at St. John Church at 5:47 PM entitled, “Lighten Up” featuring Doug Brummel and his cast of characters. This is a one-man, character-changing experience you have to see to believe.

There is NO CHARGE for this event; however, a free-will offering will be taken. This presentation is being sponsored by parishes of our area, the Karl Peterson Foundation, and the Jessie Smith Darrah Foundation. Don’t miss it!

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1

St. Therese of the Child Jesus

4:00 (St. John) Dolores Onuffer by Bishop’s Committee

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2

Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

7:15 (SSPP) Intentions of our Parishioners

9:00 (St. John) Charles and Louise Vullo, Sr. by Frank Schrader

11:00 (SSPP) Mary Anne Ferrara by Beverly Foote

MONDAY, OCTOBER 3

12:10 (SSPP) Margaret Snyder, Birthday by John and Margaret Scorse

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 4

St. Francis of Assisi

9:00 (St. John) Souls of the Faithful Departed

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5

12:10 (SSPP) Catherine Y. Corkery by Family

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 6

St. Bruno and Blessed Marie-Rose Durocher

9:00 (St. John) Souls of the Faithful Departed

FIRST FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7

Our Lady of the Rosary

11:15 (SSPP) Devotions and Benediction

12:10 (SSPP) Louis Chiazzese by Family

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8

4:00 (St. John) Carl Dominick, Anniversary by Mary Dominick and sons

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 9

Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

7:15 (SSPP) Intentions of our Parishioners

9:00 (St. John) Dolores Onuffer by Dale and Elizabeth Carlson

11:00 (SSPP) Dorothy Olson by A Friend

 

DONATIONS NEEDED!

            Collins Christian Ministry (CCM), is the name of the Prison Ministry Retreat Program that will take place at Collins Correctional Facility on October 6th through the 9th. CCM is an Ecumenical group of Christians whose purpose is to bring the message of Christ into our prisons.

If you are planning on donating baked goods, please deliver them to SS. Peter and Paul Church rectory at 508 Cherry Street, on Wednesday, October 5th by 2:00 PM. If you are planning on giving a monetary donation, you can also drop this off on Wednesday, October 5th by 2:00 PM.

For additional information contact Deacon Sam or Kathe Pellerito at 485-3901.

 

I was in prison and you came to visit me.

Matthew 25: 36

 

YOUR FINANCIAL STEWARDSHIP

Sunday, September 25

Collection Total – $6,865.09

Thank you for your support of our parish ministries!

Collection for Christ the King Seminary – $1,339.00

 

 

A SPECIAL THANK YOU

FROM CHRIST THE KING SEMINARY

Last weekend was the annual collection for Christ the King.  Thank you to everyone who donated. If you missed the collection, it’s not too late to join in the journey and support our seminary’s important work of educating our future priests, deacons and lay leaders to serve in our diocese.

Donations are still being accepted at www.cks.edu or by calling 716-655-7089. Gifts may also be placed in the collection (Attn: Seminary Appeal), or mailed to Christ the King Seminary, PO Box 607, East Aurora, New York 14052-0607.

 

ALTAR AND ROSARY SOCIETY NEWS

               NEXT SATURDAY we will have our monthly gathering. It is a long standing tradition of the Church to give special honor to the Blessed Virgin Mary during October and we will meet at 10:30 AM at St. John Church to pray the Rosary together and learn about the mission and works of the Altar and Rosary Society. Please mark your calendar for this date. We will have the opportunity to share ideas and hear suggestions on how the Society can become a more vibrant part of our parish life. Mark your calendar for Saturday, Oct. 8th at 10:30 AM at St. John Church.

 

HOLY CROSS CEMETERY NEWS

People who have visited their family’s gravesites recently have noticed some changes in the area known as “Coyle Hill” (after Father Richard Coyle during whose pastorate at SS. Peter and Paul the property for the cemetery was purchased in 1910, the grounds plotted in 1912, and the first burial – his! – took place in 1914). According to the original plotting there was to have been a road around this section, but it was never built and the manner in which burial sites were created has prohibited realizing the original design.

Now, however, a redesign of the area has been done and a road is under construction. This will give easy access to the hill, and will include the replacement of the deteriorated walkway leading to the Cross at the top of the hill. The work necessitated the removal of trees and brush and re-grading on the north side of the hillside facing West Oak Hill Road which has resulted in the Cross becoming more visible and providing a beautiful view of the countryside.

All of this work is being privately funded at no cost to the parish or cemetery and we are most grateful to the donors for these improvements.

HOLINESS OF LIFE

            It is something to which every Christian is called in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and it can be achieved in a multiplicity of ways.  The one factor common to all of them is the presence of the Holy Spirit in one who is baptized and thereby joined to the life of the Blessed Trinity.  This is the foundation for building a life style that reflects the example and teaching of Jesus who revealed the way to achieve holiness and invited people to follow him in its pursuit.  As we enter the last season of the “Year of Mercy” it would be appropriate for us to consider our personal journey of faith and whether or not it is leading us to holiness of life.

Perhaps a good place to start would be with the Church’s understanding of holiness as a spiritual quality derived from participation in the life of God.  It is not something that is created by our own willing it but rather a response to God’s revealing the divine presence which, as Catholics, we believe is experienced most fully in the sacraments.  A key to determining our growth in holiness would thus be to look at our approach to the Eucharist as the real presence of the Risen Christ and ask how this influences our relationship with him and with the people amongst whom we live.  At its core holiness is doing the will of God by wholeheartedly devoting oneself to fulfilling the Lord’s summary of the Law and the Prophets by loving God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength and loving our neighbor as our self.

That, of course, is a very tough task, and we can easily be overwhelmed by its challenges and conclude that it is impossible causing us to just give up trying.  Nevertheless, there is reason to hope and it is found in the person of Jesus himself.  The New Testament Scriptures proclaim that he shared our human life and thereby showed how it is possible for human beings to achieve holiness of life.  If we read the Gospel accounts of his life carefully we see how he “grew into” this by learning obedience to the Father’s will in the context of the reality of the world during his earthly life.

His actions, whether they be teachings or healings or confrontations with the “powers that be” both natural and supernatural, are preceded and concluded with prayer.  He thus sets the pattern for holiness of life.  Yet he goes further than that in providing us with aids to achieving this.  The seven sacraments in their roles of initiating the Christ-life within us, nurturing that life, and structuring that life manifest the presence of the Risen Christ through which we draw ever closer to God.  Thus, when we want to ascertain whether or not we are growing in holiness we need to consider our approach to the sacraments, in particular the Eucharist and Reconciliation, and how significant a place they have in our lives.

Through them we can live the example of Jesus and reach that holiness of life to which he calls us.

Be at peace,

Father Dennis Mende

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